Wharton encourages collaboration between DeSoto, Shelby Counties

By Chip Washington - bio | email

HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton reached across state lines Monday to speak to Mississippi business leaders about commerce throughout the region.

Speaking to a packed meeting of the Hernando Chamber of Commerce, Wharton spoke about the invisible line that separates the Shelby and DeSoto Counties, and the need for collaboration of resources and cooperation.

D. J. Bockstal, who operates software and technology business in Nesbit, said that spirit of collaboration could aid both counties.

"We constantly see Memphis businesses trying to reach out to DeSoto County for products and services that may not be available in (Shelby) County," Bockstal said. "We could be of great assist for that."

Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson concurred with Wharton's opinion.

"Obviously there are things in Memphis," Johnson said. "We have entertainment opportunities up there, and there's a lot of jobs in Memphis, and we have a good work force here and we also have good jobs here."

Chamber Director Angie Hick said the spirit of cooperation can benefit both municipalities.

"We're neighboring cities and we want to work with one another and help our community grow," she said.

Wharton said the entire region should work together.

"If you're in anyway invested in our city, then you're a part of Memphis," he said. "If you're working over there, you're concerned about security. When we come this way, we're concerned about safety."

Wharton said he would continue to reach out to DeSoto County, saying when Memphis prospers, everyone benefits.

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